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Monday, 11 September 2017 10:44

St Thomas of India Unity Lecture

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st thomasThe St Thomas of India Unity Lecture will be held at 4pm on the 10th October 2017 in the Martin Hall of Edinburgh University.
Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University will speak on the theme 'Christian Presence and Witness in Contemporary India: Challenges and Opportunities.'

Prof Jeyaraj spent the early part of 2017 travelling in India and so this lecture will be an updated version of the one he gave to the Friends of the Church in India last year in London.

Details can be found on: http://www.fost.org.uk

 

Monday, 11 September 2017 09:53

Autumn Conference 2017 - Capturing the Vision

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AC2017bCapturing the Vision: A Vision for the Church in 21st Century Scotland

The Conference will focus on the above theme taking into consideration the changing church landscape in Scotland and the challenges and opportunities this presents for churches together.

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017 (registration from 10am)

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX 

A light lunch will be provided.

Further information about the Autumn Conference can be download here.

Directions to the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church can be downloaded here.

A Conference flier can be downloaded here.

 

Monday, 11 September 2017 08:30

Stories from the edge? Faith communities action

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Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society.
Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to the towns which were the heartlands of manufacturing industry.
This conference creates a space where 'faith-inspired social activists' from those towns can come together:

          • Sharing stories
          • Critical reflection
          • Exploring existing aspects of what makes a Good Society locally and nationally
          • Sharing visions of a Good Society in Scotland from the perspective of post-industrial towns
          • Identifying the support required from the wider church, civil and civic society to make these visions real
          • Shifting the thinking about what constitutes 'the edge' and what a Good Society looks like from that perspective

To download a flier for the "Stories from the edge?" Conference please click here.

To download a booking form for the "Stories from the edge?" Conference please click here.

If you prefer, you can book online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-edge-tickets-36305399427?aff=eac2

 

 

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

ACTS Policies

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In consultation with the Members, the ACTS Trustees have formulated a number of policies for the organisation. These are reviewed on a regular basis. Copies of the policies are available to download below. For any further enquiries concerning the policies please contact the General Secretary.

Minutes Policy

Policy on Endorsing programmes, events and activities

Policy concerning web links and publicity of events.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:47

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Talking Trinity 

Talking of the Trinity, is published by ACTS and was prepared by the Faith Studies Network.

 

To download a PDF copy of the publication please click on this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland’s Christian Churches offer a vision for education

What vision of the human person underpins educational policy?

What values should schools offer to young people today?

What roles do parents, families and communities play in educating young people?

How will Curriculum for Excellence provide young people with a sound foundation on which to base their moral and ethical decisions throughout life?

Download a PDF copy of the publication from here.

 

Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:56

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:43

Scottish Church Leaders welcome MECTIS

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Wellington Church, Glasgow, was the venue on Sunday 12th September for a special ecumenical Service during which a new organisation – Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS) – was launched. Leaders from the Churches which have been active in Scotland for many years were present and extended the right hand of fellowship to the leaders of the new organisation, which brings together more than fifty of the new independent congregations which have been set up by incomers to Scotland.

The Service was led by the Minister of Wellington Church, Rev. Dr. David Sinclair, and the sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.

A congregation of 200 or more people – many of them from the congregations which are coming together to form MECTIS – took joyful part in the special ecumenical Service to mark Racial Justice Sunday. The readings and the preaching reminded everyone of the importance of reaching out to the marginalised and of ensuring that those on the margins were treated justly and lovingly.

After the sermon Francis Alao and Nelu Balaj, the present and former Scottish Churches' Racial Justice Officers, provided a brief outline of the path which had been followed and had led to the formation of MECTIS and spoke of the aims to which that organisation was committed.
The leaders of the Executive Committee of MECTIS1 were introduced to the congregation by Francis before the Vice-Convener of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Rev. Norman Hutcheson, invited members of the MECTIS churches to stand in their places. He then led a prayer dedicating the new organisation.

Rev. Lukas Njenga, Chairperson of MECTIS, next invited members of other churches who were present to stand in their places before he offered a prayer calling for unity. Following the prayer the leaders of the Scottish Churches2 came forward to offer the right hand of fellowship to the members of the Executive Committee of MECTIS. Members of the congregation then exchanged handshakes as signs of peace and unity before the Scotland African Mass Choir burst into song and confirmed the joyful nature of the occasion.

After the Service was over Church leaders, MECTIS Executive members, members of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, and the other members of the congregation shared in a meal prepared by ladies from the congregations of MECTIS.

1 MECTIS Executive Committee
Chairman Rev Lukas Njenga; Vice Chairman Pastor Terzungwe Abu;
Vice Chairman Sheem Gill; Secretary Dr Nelu Balaj;
Treasurer Eileen Baxendale; Ass. Treasurer Rev Francis Alao

2 Leaders of Scottish Churches
Rt. Rev. John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland.
V. Rev. Ian Barcroft, representing the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Rev. John L. Humphreys, Moderator of the Scotland Synod of the United Reformed Church
Rev. Lily Twist, Chairperson of the Scotland Synod of the Methodist Church
Rev. Colin Brown, representing the Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland
Majors Alan and Jackie Dixon, representing the Scotland Secretary of the Salvation Army
Margaret Peacock, representing the General Meeting for Scotland of the Religious Society of Friends

Mr. Keith Baxendale, representing the General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland

Friday, 20 September 2013 09:56

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Local Ecumenical Resources

  • Help to get started

    Help to get started

    Are you looking for help to start working with other churches near-by?

    Here is a starting point "Progressing in Partnership", a step by step guide for congregations wishing to pursue local partnerships with their ecumenical neighbours.     

    To download the guide click here:

    To download representative flowchart click here:

  • Guidelines for new Churches Together Groups

    Guidelines for new Churches Together Groups

    If you are looking for information about setting up a new Churches Together Group,

    Please click here to download the guidelines.

  • Shared Buildings Agreement

    Shared Buildings Agreement

    In situations where two or more congregations share the same building for worship and/or other activities, it is good practice to set out in writing, the relationships between the parties involved. The document below sets out some of the issues which may need to be addressed in such a situation and is followed by an actual example of a shared building agreement.

    To download the Resource Document "Shared Buildings" click here.

     

  • How is a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) formed?

    Details are given below outlining the various steps which are taken in the formation of a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP).

    To view the document, please click here.

  • Definitions of a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP)

    A Local Ecumenical Partnership is defined as existing where there is a formal written agreement affecting the ministry, congregational life, buildings and/or mission projects of more than one denomination: and a recognition of that agreement by the ACTS Ecumenical Development Group, and authorisation by the appropriate denominational authorities.

    To find out more about LEP's, download the definitions here.

  • Orientation for Incoming clergy

    Orientation for Incoming clergy

    This document provides an orientation process that seeks to enable clergy to gain this understanding. The process involves the support of a colleague from another denomination in the LEP, together with a person appointed by the local congregation, and reading essential documents.

    To download a copy please click here.

  • An Ecumenical Service of Baptism and Confirmation

    The Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain have produced ther following resources: 

    A service of confirmation and baptism for use in Local Ecumenical Partnerships. Click here to download.

  • Liturgical resource: when a Local Ecumenical Partnership ceases

    The Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain have produced ther following resource: 

    "An act of parting" - which can be used when a Local Ecumenical Partnership ceases to exist. Click here to download.

  • Model Constitution for a Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership

    The Model Constitution for a Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership was drawn up by the Constitution Group.

    To download a copy, please click here

     

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